The Law and the Heart
- Category: Religion
- Published: Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:45
- Written by Rev. Dr. Henry Vernon
by Rev. Dr. Henry Vernon
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Twelve years ago today, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The record of the lives lost and damage done is being recorded in an underground museum in what was the foundation of the World Trade Center's "Twin Towers." But the records are written even more indelibly in another place—in the hearts of those who lost loved ones on that day.
God first wrote His laws for Israel on tablets of stone. When man proved incapable of obeying those laws, He promised to write them in a more accessible place—in the hearts and minds of His people. That is how the New Covenant was portrayed by God through the prophet Jeremiah. The internalization of God's law is made possible by the permanent presence of the Spirit. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
Give thanks to God today for His Holy Spirit who empowers you to walk in a manner pleasing to God. Then be sensitive to the Spirit's promptings as He calls God's will to mind.
Sinners cannot obey the Gospel, any more than the law, without a renewal of heart.
J. I. Packer
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